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Johnston chase puts 'run and done' law into practice

Posted December 2, 2011

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office chased a man driving on a revoked license Friday afternoon with the certainty that when they caught him, they would be able to assure he'd be off the road.

Freddie Woodall, 35, is among the first drivers in the state to be subject to a new law colloquially known as "Run and You're Done."

The legislation gives law enforcement officers the power to impound a person's vehicle if he or she tries to flee from authorities. The vehicle becomes the property of the state while the driver's case goes through the court system. If the driver is found guilty, the car can be sold. 

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said Woodall crossed the median on Interstate 40 and hit speeds of up to 100 mph going westbound in the eastbound lanes.

"This guy is no stranger to law enforcement," Bizzell said. Woodall's criminal record includes charges of breaking and entering, larceny and passing worthless checks. 

As deputies closed in, Woodall ran from his van and hid on top of a tobacco barn.

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"Tough luck. The vehicle is seized," Bizzell said. "His vehicle has been seized, and it hopefully will be sold by the courts."

The law dictates that any proceeds from the sale of seized vehicles be directed to schools.


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  • smalldogsrule Dec 5, 2011

    Exceptions are made for vehicles that are not owned by the violator. They can get their car back. But they have to petition the clerk of court who determines if they can get it back or not. That is a lot of power for one person. Lien holders can petition to get the car from the sheriff. If they do not, then the sheriff (ie: tax payers)will have to pay off the lien so it can be sold. If the auction does not bring enough to cover the lien it falls on us because without satisfying the lien, the lien holder will not release the title therefore rendering it unable to be retitled.

  • kermit60 Dec 5, 2011

    If the car is stolen, a rental etc it will most likely be returned to the owner. Seening most of the chases are in stolen cars this law won't help much. They should have made a mandatory jail time for running. That way no matter who the owner is the driver will pay the penalty.

  • Bunky Dec 5, 2011

    "what happens if they have a loan on the car can the state still take it" - Yes. The owner is still responsible to make payments until the loan is paid off. If the vehicle is sold at auction, the lien is advertised, and the lien must be satisfied before title can be transferred. So, if there is a $2,000 lien and vehicle sells for $2,500, $2,000 goes to pay off the lien, and only $500 can go towards expenses and then the schools.

  • mrman2a Dec 5, 2011

    Good going,start treating criminals like what they are and not with kid gloves.Thats whats wrong with our judicial system now no one fears it.Criminals think its a joke.

  • ngreen17 Dec 5, 2011

    what happens if they have a loan on the car can the state still take it

  • Here2tellya Dec 5, 2011

    boy, that van's gonna bring the big bucks~! What happens if they are driving a stolen vehicle? Or one that doens't belong to the driver? Does the state still keep and sell it or what?